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Today's News

  • KAMA competes in Hall of Fame Tournament
  • Austin Peay rocks with Roane County High

    Austin Peay State University’s band sat in the visitors stands Friday at Roane County High School, but band members made it clear they supported their host school.

    Austin Peay band members, including former Roane County High student Shelley Starkey, cheered loudly for the Kingston Yellow Jackets, who fell to Grace Christian.
    “It is really exciting,” she said. “I feel kind of famous. Everybody keeps saying, ‘Hey Shelley, how have you been?’”

  • VW seeks 10, more to come

    Officials hope the 10 warehouse workers Volkswagen plans to hire in the coming weeks is a sign of things to come.
    “We anticipate them hiring more over time,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “I know initially they’re just going to hire a few, but we hope they’ll ramp up to 40 to 60 employees over the next 12 to 18 months.”

  • Rocky Houston case motion allowed

    U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. will allow Rocky Houston’s lawyer to “late file” a motion that requests the indictment in the case be dismissed.
    Houston is charged with 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The deadline to file motions in the case was Feb. 27.
    Defense attorney Michael P. McGovern didn’t start representing Houston until July 31. He filed the motion on Aug. 21 asking that the indictment be thrown out.

  • Roane Medical Center fined by TDEC

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation fined Roane Medical Center $500 late last month.
    Officials said the hospital committed two violations: failing to obtain a construction permit prior to constructing an air contaminant source and failing to obtain an operating permit prior to its operation.
    TDEC officials discovered the violations when reviewing Roane Medical’s application for two natural gas-fired boilers.
    Roane Medical can resolve the matter without appeal by paying a reduced penalty of $375.

  • United Way goal $400,000

    FROM STAFF REPORTS
    Roane County United Way held its 2014 campaign kickoff celebration on Aug. 22.
    The event was hosted by the Michael Dunn Center.
     Kid’s Café volunteers provided breakfast. 
    Attendees included representatives from numerous United Way community partners and donor organization campaign staff. 
    United Way Executive Director Amy Harmon announced that the 2014campaign goal is $400,000.

  • More burglary charges possible

    An Oliver Springs man who was arrested for an alleged vehicle burglary on Aug. 25 could face more charges in the future.
    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, Deputy Billy Walker responded to 1601 Old Harriman Hwy. to investigate an alleged theft.
    The alleged victim, Andrew Sharp, said he saw a male in a black, hooded sweatshirt walking down his driveway.
    Sharp also reported that $10 in change was missing from the ash tray in his vehicle.

  • THP to conduct license checks in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of Sept. 6 on Fiske Heights Road, east of the railroad tracks, in Roane County.

    Another checkpoint will be the week of Sept. 13 on Swan Pond Road at Swan Pond Circle Road. And a third check will be the week of Sept. 20 on Pansy Hill at Swan Pond Road.

  • Plans afoot for OR street painting fest

    Those who enjoy drawing upon their artistic skills as they sketch a face, animal or scene might like “painting” pictures in chalk on a sidewalk.

    Registration is open for artists for the 14th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival. This popular event will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 (rain day on Oct. 6) on the sidewalks of the Oak Ridge branch campus of Roane State Community College.

    Artists may start their chalk paintings on the afternoon of Oct. 4.

  • GUEST OPINION: Equal rights, decent jobs still issues today

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center

    Labor Day weekend this year was just a few days past the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famed “I have a Dream” speech.

    On Aug. 28, 1963, King’s speech closed out the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.”

    It set out a historic milepost in civil rights movement.

    But King and other speakers — including Walter Reuther, long-time president of the United Auto Workers — also called for equal opportunity in employment.